Funny Girl

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Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015 - Fiction - 543 pages
In swinging 60s England, the nation is mesmerized by unlikely comedy star Sophie Straw, the former Blackpool beauty queen who just wants to make people laugh, like her heroine Lucille Ball. Behind the scenes, the cast and crew are having the time of their lives. But when the script begins to get a bit too close to home, and life starts imitating art, they all face a choice. The show's writers, Tony and Bill, comedy obsessives, each harbour a secret. The Oxbridge-educated director, Dennis, loves his job but hates his marriage. The male star Clive, feels he's destined for better things. And Sophie Straw, who changed her name and abandoned her old life, must decide whether to keep going, or change the channel.

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User Review  - CarrieWuj - LibraryThing

4.5, really. 1960s England -- groovy, baby! Hornby does a good job with a female main character, Barbara Parker, from Blackpool, who just wants to be a comic actress and idolizes Lucille Ball. Barbara ... Read full review

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User Review  - addunn3 - LibraryThing

A young woman breaks into TV and transforms her life as she changes others. I am not sure I figured out what the author was intending to do with this plot, but it had a few good moments. Read full review

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About the author (2015)

Nick Hornby is the author of six internationally bestselling novels ("High Fidelity, About a Boy, How to be Good, A Long Way Down, Slam "and "Juliet, Naked") and several works of non-fiction including "Fever Pitch, ""Songbook "and" Ten Years In The Tub, " a collection of his 'Stuff I've Been Reading' columns from the" Believer. " His screenplay for the film "An Education" was nominated for an Academy Award, and he recently adapted Cheryl Strayed's "Wild" to a screenplay. He lives in Highbury, north London.

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